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Update: Public hearing moves to unofficial hearing


MADISON (WKOW) -- Hundreds of Wisconsin's public employees have clogged a hearing for hours and camped out in the state Capitol in a desperate attempt to delay action on a Republican plan to strip away most of their collective bargaining rights.

Republicans in the hearing adjouned the formal testimony at 3:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. Democrats continued the hearing in the rotunda as an unofficial hearing.

Governor Walker's plan would end collective bargaining for all state, county and local workers expect for police, firefighters and the state patrol. The move marks the boldest step by a new Republican governor and Legislature to solve budget problems by confronting organized labor.

The Legislature's finance committee is preparing to vote on the measure, setting up final votes in the Senate and Assembly later this week.

Opponents seized on the committee's hearing on the bill Tuesday to launch what Republican co-chair Robin Vos called a "citizen filibuster" that tied up the hearing.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Republican co-chairs of a legislative committee are considering cutting off public testimony on a proposal to erase most collective bargaining rights for nearly all public workers.

The committee is into it's 13th straight hour of taking testimony when co-chair Rep. Robin Vos of Rochester said Tuesday night that no additional speakers would be allowed to speak other than the roughly 300 that had already signed up.

Vos says he's trying to avoid what a previous testifier called a "citizen filibuster" to delay legislative action on the bill.

Democrats on the panel cried foul and said everyone who showed up should be allowed to testify.

Many of those waiting were from the University of Wisconsin-Madison who planned to have people testify all night.

27News has learned that the hearing may continue throughout the night without all of the committee members in attendance. Stay tuned to 27 News on WUW and our web channel wkow.com for updates.

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